It was an otherwise quiet Vineyard night – the water calmly lapped the shore, the grasses rustled in a light breeze.

Katie Ruppel

Inside the EPA’s mobile lab on Martha’s Vineyard.

Eight-legged, tiny, and hungry, every tick goes through life in search of blood.

Ivy Ashe

These tiny, ancient organisms are vital cogs in the Island’s ecosystem.

Matt Pelikan

The vibrant green of the vernal season – including new sassafras leaves and unfurling fiddlehead ferns – is a welcome sign of renewed activity in the natural world.

Matt Pelikan

If you are not loyal to your locale, perhaps your vocation or hobby brings you together with like-minded folks.

Suzan Bellincampi

They nourish the land as well as our lives.

One afternoon I walked into my house and there was a chicken in the kitchen. The side door had blown open, and Dark Beak had come inside, presumably to check on the spider population. She has a passion for spiders, and she knows what kind of housecleaners we are – it wasn’t the first time she’d been inside.

Margaret Knight

It is a little disconcerting how much sex ospreys have.

Suzan Bellincampi

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New Tick on the Rock

EPA Lab
Inside the EPA’s mobile lab on Martha’s Vineyard.

Eight-legged, tiny, and hungry, every tick goes through life in search of blood.

Moss and Lichen

These tiny, ancient organisms are vital cogs in the Island’s ecosystem.

Springing Out

The vibrant green of the vernal season – including new sassafras leaves and unfurling fiddlehead ferns – is a welcome sign of renewed activity in the natural world.

Creative Monikers for Collections of Creatures

If you are not loyal to your locale, perhaps your vocation or hobby brings you together with like-minded folks.

Farm Animal Companions

They nourish the land as well as our lives.

One afternoon I walked into my house and there was a chicken in the kitchen. The side door had blown open, and Dark Beak had come inside, presumably to check on the spider population. She has a passion for spiders, and she knows what kind of housecleaners we are – it wasn’t the first time she’d been inside.

Mating Madness in the Springtime

It is a little disconcerting how much sex ospreys have.

Turning the Tide

From “trash fish” to gourmet meal.

How it Works: Raising Sheep

The Stanwoods are no strangers to sheep. At one time Eleanor was a professional shearer, and together they have raised sheep on the Vineyard, on and off, for many years.

An Unlikely Winter Visitor

A young gray seal – about three feet long and forty pounds – meandered its way around downtown Edgartown before New England Aquarium volunteers were able to guide it back to the sea.

Birding by the Shore

The Island is a welcome outpost for a multitude of migrating shorebirds, including six species that stay awhile to nest during the breeding season.

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